The Fourth Fisherman Review

Ernest Clevenger

1.5 Stars

August 15, 2012

The Fourth Fisherman by Joe Kissack starts out like a fable and develops into a true narrative. The drama alternates between chapters describing five lost fishermens’ thousands of miles journey across the Pacific in a small boat, with three surviving, and the biography, perhaps memoirs, of Kissask.

Also lost is an explanation of why five well experienced fishermen in a small boat (where would they put the caught fish?) could get lost from the long Mexican Pacific coast. The eventual brief biographical description of three of the fishermen was helpful.

The tragedy of the fishermen’s situation is gruesomely described in almost unbelievable, sickening, detail which continues in short story form throughout the book. Alternately, Kissack’s prose chapters describes his fabulously wealthy success as a young adult to his seriously depraved spiritual condition, then recovery due to the amazing surviving fishermen.

As the creative religious story develops the reader is led to believe God may be the fourth fisherman; but the mystery is solved with a simple statement at the end of the book.

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Press in exchange for an honest review.